Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Animations: Carving of a Tuna

Chef with a knife cuts off the head

Off with the Head

This performance draws a large crowd every time. The chef is explaining how it's done.

They have him, wired for sound. He talks while cutting and, he moves along quickly.

Before any vegetarians start complaining, I'd like to ask a question.

What part of a carrot, do you slice off, first ?

Butchering of a tuna fish at a festival

Next, he slices and removes all the other parts of the fish, that get in his way.

In just a few minutes, the tuna is diced into little chunks and, served to the crowd.

Other things had to be done so, I had to leave after this highlight event.

One year, the tuna wasn't enough, to feed everybody so, they had to bring one more.

It's a good thing, there's plenty more fish in the ocean, is what I'm thinking.

It would be a shame, to go to a festival, where they did things different.

I'd probably be real sad if, I saw them cutting a bunch of baby carrot heads off !

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Sunny December Day and Plenty Got Done

red rock, blue skies, white clouds

Gimbaru Okinawa

Something, I saw at the Health Food Festival yesterday, made me go here.

This morning it was raining but, things turned out alright this afternoon.

When, I first got to the office, somebody on Facebook got me riled-up.

So, I turned the thing off, grabbed a camera and, went on a mission.

Some folks, wanted to know where they could buy Ryukyu Agu pork meats.

Other people, I'll call non-meat eaters, think, I'm an animal. I don't pick on them.

And, I don't go around, telling them, what they should or, shouldn't eat.

Poor li'l pig got killed for people, to eat. I can't recall, ever eating one alive.

Poor li'l carrots and strawberries probably, get sacrificed for vegetarians, too. So?

Kin Agu Is on the Way to that Red Rock

So, I figured it would be a good idea, to have lunch there and, do some research.

Snap a few photos, eat some healthy pork and do a Google review.

rice, salad, soup, pork burger, meal

There's what I had for lunch. A dead pig hamburger, some dead rice, salad and soup.

The meal came to a grand total of 800 yen, which is less than, ten bucks.

restaurant, tables, chairs

People like to see the inside of places and, find out how roomy they might be.

So, when all other customers, were gone, I got permission, to shoot the whole joint.

Japanese menu, pork

The menu is in Japanese and, nothing costs over 1,000 yen. That's cheap !

People who can't read Japanese, should learn or, bring along a friend, who does.

There's a freezer stocked with meats, you can buy, to take home and cook.

The Ryukyu Agu meat, isn't stocked in regular grocery stores. But, you can buy some here.

It was past 2 PM when I left this restaurant and, I had a long hike to go on.

pine trees, ocean, striated rocks

It would take a few hours, for me, to find these red rocks, along Okinawa's east coast.

If the ocean, wasn't visible, I'd swear someone, took these pictures in Arizona.

By the time, I got back into town, I was glad my office lights were still turned on.

At 6 PM, it gets mighty dark around here. The camera got downloaded and, I went to work.

Now, folks who want to eat Agu pork, can read my review and, get directions.

One of these days, I'll show vegetarians, where to get their food, too.

Friends and family, in my crowd, happen to be vegetarians, as well. I don't lecture them.

And, they probably know, there isn't much sense, in trying to reform me. I'm an animal.

Thank you.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Ultimate Pork: Ryukyu Pig Named Agu

pig smoked and served in Okinawa

Served at a Health Festival

The annual Nuchigusui (health fair) was held in Kin Town today.

All sorts of, good for your health, items were on display including food and drinks.

They had health care specialists and, people who could give you massages.

Fruits, flowers, vegetables, tonics and special ingredients, to lift your spirits, were available, too.

The event most folks, come to see, is the butchering of the Maguro (tuna) and, they eat it.

A few hundred images of that, are in my pending files, to be seen some other day.

pork cooking on a charcoal grill, gif, flames

These little pigs called Agu (アグー) were a hot item today, as well.

Some were cooked in smokers, others, sliced and grilled over charcoal fires.

The Ryukyu pigs are special. Their pork contains less than 25% cholesterol.

Genetics wizards claim the hogs came from China, hundreds of years ago.

During the Battle of Okinawa, most of the livestock were destroyed.

Pigs from Western countries, were brought to the island so, people could survive.

Back during the 1980's someone, discovered Agu hogs, living in the wild up north.

Eighteen of them were determined to be pure bred; not, mongrels mixed with other breeds.

The little black pigs, called Shimabuta (locally) are making a comeback.

The pork is tender and sweeter than, the average hogs farmers are raising.

So, with the demand for healthy foods, on the increase Agu meat has become popular.

Checkout this video, in Japanese and English:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Silly Sign Will Make You Think Twice

silly sign, trespassing, violators will be slapped

Warning: This May Be Serious

Having done Sunday's Silly Signs for about a year, I decided to terminate the project.

This one caught my attention, when it was spotted in a pastry shop.

Of course, I asked the lady behind the counter, for permission to photograph it.

These days, it might not be politically correct. Maybe, it's an antique.

Just in case somebody, can't read, I'll tell you what it says.

"No Trespassing Girls Only Violators Will Be Slapped"